Local Editorials

Walz tax plan would hurt poorest the most

As the Minnesota Legislature gets down to the tough issues that lie ahead before its May 20 adjournment, one of the things it and Gov. Tim Walz need to look at is the governor’s tax proposal. According to an analysis by the Department of Revenue, the taxes Walz is proposing would hit the ...

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Get ready for I-90 work Things are about to get busy — busier — on Interstate 90 near Fairmont. Nearly $40 million in road work is scheduled over the next two summers on the 20-mile stretch from Fairmont to Blue Earth. The Minnesota Department of Transportation held a public meeting on ...

Mexico cannot stop a train within its borders?

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

Con artist Democrats compete to offer freebies

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

What’s dissatisfying is appalling leadership

On April 15, the five members of the Fairmont City Council agreed they should attain an assessment of whether it would be better for the city to contract for legal services or to continue with in-house counsel. This compromise was put together after two council members — without authority or ...

North Korea playing dangerous games, still

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game last week in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of the ...

Seems like good time for public to weigh in

Fairmont City Attorney Elizabeth Bloomquist has been on the job for 30 years. That’s a lot of wisdom in the city’s corner. She ably handles a wide variety of responsibilities, assisting every city department with legal questions. She also prosecutes local crimes and basically serves as the ...

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City plans deer hunt Blue Earth City Council this week approved a city-run deer hunt that will involve a designated police officer using a bow and arrow. The city is working in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, and consulting with the city of New Ulm, which has long held ...

In politics, safeguarding ‘image’ leads to trouble

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

What will become of new school funding?

Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker visited the Fairmont school district this week. She learned about the many great things happening in the local schools and offered praise for the cooperation in the community to ensure that local students enjoy success today and tomorrow. ...

It’s beyond time that Assange faced justice

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons ...

Pair of city officials’ actions disconcerting

Two Fairmont City Council members (Tom Hawkins and Randy Lubenow) recently approached the City Attorney and told her they planned to propose (at the April 22 council meeting) to change the city’s attorney services from in-house to contract. In other words, they were planning to fire her. They ...

Barr wants to know why spying occurred

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress last week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

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Make up missed days The Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Tim Walz have passed a law to allow school districts the chance to have their snow days “forgiven” this year, with the state paying the schools as if they had held classes. Schools, such as Fairmont Area, are considering whether to ...

There is a dark side to major sports events

Hosting a major sports event, such as the Super Bowl or the NCAA Men’s Final Four, provides a big boost in prestige and the economy for the community involved. Minneapolis has been fortunate to host both events within the past 14 months. But there is also a dark side to these events. They ...

Sanders, others want to take away our rights

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

‘Radicals’ take stand on immigration issues

Two major American political figures recently had some pretty “controversial” things to say about immigration into the United States. The first one said it only makes sense that the people entering a country — any country — work to assimilate themselves into the culture and learn to ...

Gas tax not reliable, sustainable or fair

The transportation debate in the state Legislature is circling back around to the old argument of the past — want more funding for roads and bridges? Then raise the gas tax. Gov. Tim Walz wants to raise it by 20 cents per gallon — a 70 percent increase. Democrats in the House agree. ...

Case shows limits on guns can create victims

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California law ...

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Reversing knowledge Human beings are the only animals that must knowingly confront reality, which is not always kind. Perhaps that is why so many humans try to avoid it or cheat it. But that’s not workable, as results show. One problem in our society today is that some parents are not ...